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Art of Facilitation Class
Lead Life-Changing Workshops, Meetings & More
October 3 - December 12, 2024

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Our class fits well into busy and evolving lives, whether you're balancing work, family, writing and other arts, community or other service and practices. Here's what you'll receive and create in each class in addition to our cccessible and artful online site with guiding essays and best resources.

  • Weekly Zoom sessions on Thursday evenings (5 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. MT/ 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET).

  • Weekly podcasts just for you, often featuring expert guest teachers.

  • Reflections and best practices for the care and feeding of the facilitator.

  • A personalized portfolio you create along the way with all the materials you'll need to start or replenish your facilitation.

  • Wisdom and support for earning income and building your practice.

  • Discussion forum to help you coalesce what you're learning.

  • Coaching sessions with Joy or Caryn to explore your best next steps and plans.

  • Art of Facilitation Resource Hub with lots of carefully-curated best-of-the-best resources.


Certificate Program

Get a comprehensive training in the art of facilitation by taking our 9-week class -- and you'll earn a certificate of completion. Each week of our class will help deepen your facilitation education, experience, confidence, and wisdom.


The total investment for this comprehensive class is $840 early bird rate (by Sept. 1, regular price is $890). You may pay via Square here, or pay through Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2) or by check (button will email us to share your information and our mailing address).

The Art of Facilitation Class

Oct. 3 - Dec. 12, 2024

Zoom Sessions Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, and Dec. 5 & 12

(We skip Halloween & Thanksgiving)

5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 7 pm CT/ 8 pm ET

Our comprehensive class will help you facilitate workshops, classes, meetings, collaborations, events, coaching sessions, and so much more. We'll help you learn to stay true to your values and ethics, as well as to work mindfully with purpose, people, and places where you facilitate. This deep immersion into leadership training can also strengthen your ability to help others find their voices, vision, and direction.

Talk to us about whether the Art of Facilitation class is a good match for you by clicking here.

Early Bird rate until 9/1/24: $840 (Regular rate $890). Register via Square here, or through Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2 and email us with your email), or email us to get an address for check.



Week by Week


Week 1: Facilitation as an Act of Hospitality & Joy 

Week 2: Inclusion & Compassion in Action

Week 3: Your People & Ground Rules

Week 4: Openings, Closings & Pacing

Week 5: Crafting Your Content for the Group

Week 6: Minding Roles & Working With Conflict

Week 7: Challenging Personalities & Situations

Week 8: Learning Edges for Facilitation and Livelihood

Week 9: Facilitating Greater Freedom & Change


Visiting Podcast Teachers

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Each week features visiting podcast teachers -- visionary facilitators in the arts, nonprofits, business, and beyond -- who share their wisdom, insight, advice, and tips in special pre-recorded interviews just for you. Here'sthe experts we'll hear from, lined up from top left:

Seema Reza is a writer and the CEO of an arts organization, Community Building Art Works. CBAW encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization for those in the military who struggle with emotional and physical injuries.

Dr. Marianela Medrano is a Dominican writer, psychotherapist, and poetry therapist with decades of experience facilitating workshops on literature as a healing tool and mindfulness. 

Vi Tran is the founder of The Buffalo Room performance event space, an award-winning performer, and curator and events manager for the National Association of Asian-American Professionals in Kansas City. 

Caleb Winebrenner is a storyteller, mapmaker, facilitator, and educator who grew up deeply immersed in the art of hospitality through his family's bed and breakfast. 

Sydney Fowler writes speculative fiction and poetry and are an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. They have been a sensitivity reader since 2015. More information about them can be found at

Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, educator, and organizer who has created, coached, and taught in Denver for over 20 years. She's also managed a large poetry festival and performed across the country. 

Ken Lassman is an ecological writer, occupational therapist, and disabilities activist who's led facilitation training for nonprofits and cooperative businesses. He brings over 20 years' experience supervising a collaborative workplace team into his understanding of better meetings and teamwork. 

Additional Class Information Q & A


Who Is This Class For? 


Whether you're a new facilitator learning the basics or a seasoned facilitator seeking to strengthen your skills, our class meets where you are. We practice and teach facilitation wisdom in every session for workshops, meetings, collaborations, and coaching.

How Do I Participate in the Class?

We offer our class via Zoom. The online component of our course is on Wet Ink, a very accessible and friendly workshop platform. The Art of Facilitation Resource Hub is on a private website we update and expand regularly. We provide technical orientation as needed on all our class platforms.

What if I Live Somewhere in the World that Doesn't Work Time-Wise for the Zoom Sessions?

If you live in a time zone that makes attending the Zoom sessions difficult, no worries! We have worked with students from Ireland, Saudi Arabia, and other countries without having them join calls in the middle in the night! Simply be in touch with us about an alternative option, which includes your 1) sending questions/responses to us prior to the session, 2) watching recordings of the missed session, then 3) completing written work to more fully integrate your learning. This option is only available for people in locations that don't mesh with the Zoom session times during reasonable waking hours. 

Class Registration

Payment Options: You may pay via Square here, or through Venmo (Caryn-Goldberg-2), or email us to get an address for check and to ensure we have your contact information. Total investment is $840 early bird rate).

Cancellations: If you need to cancel enrollment at least three weeks before the class begins, we will refund all payment minus a $30 handling fee; a 50% refund is offered before two weeks. After two weeks before the start of the class, no refund is given. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact us. It's also possible to roll over class payments for the class into a future 9-week class if arrangements are made at least two weeks in advance.

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